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>> pelley: tonight, the elley:ador's s.o.s. document after document shows chris stevens asked the state department for more security before he was killed in libya. sharyl attkisson has the story. as the campaign grows shorter, the attacks grow sharper. the president accuses mitt romney of forgetting his own positions. >> i think it's called romnesia. (laughter) >> pelley: the romney campaign calls the remark "unpresidential ." reports from nancy cordes and jan crawford. she's not only brave, she's tough. the teenager shot by the taliban comes out of her coma. charlie d'agata is at the hospital. and "on the road." steve hartman joins the hunt for a primate. he's little but he's at large. >> i realize he's made a monkey out of me. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. ee pelley: good evening. in the weeks before his death, u.s. ambassador chris stevens sent the state department several requests for increased encurity for diplomats in libya. stevens and three other beericans were killed this past september 11 in a terrorist attack on the u.
francisco's city hall for christopher stevens. he was the u.s. ambassador to libya killed with three other americans in that terror attack last month on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. stevens was 52 and leaves a wife and two children. bill whitaker is covering. ambassador stevens was remembered today by diplomats and dignitaries, politicians and friends, they gathered to commemorate him in the grand rotunda of san francisco city hall. >> our city will always remember ambassador stevens as a hero who served all americans. >> u.n. diplomat and visiting, c berkeley professor bartu worked closely with him through the libyan civil war and remembers him as a best friend and as a competent miss player. >> he would wear you down. >> always with pa smile on his face, that's how he did his diplomacy. >> and that is what made stevens a stabilizing force in and unsettled part of the world. >> so he wasn't the type of diplomat who stayed behind diplomatic walls. he got out among the people. >> that is true. he was very widely regarded. his family is being overwhelmed with expressions of condolence. >>
in the u.s. air force. he leaves behind a widow and two young children. ambassador chris stevens, a man i had known personally during his tours, u.s. ambassador to libya, ventured into a volatile and dangerous situation as libyans revolted against the longtime khaddafi regime. he did so because he believed the people of libya wanted and deserved the same things we have, freedom from tyranny. we join here today expressing from this side of the desk our deepest sympathy for the loss of life of the families in libya. additionally, other americans were injured in this terrorist attack. some suffering very serious injuries. i spoke to the father of one american who is recovering in the united states military hospital. he hopefully will have a full recovery, but he has gone through supplemental surgeries that will require a long recuperation and long reconstruction. mr. davis state department began a process of coming clean about what occurred in benghazi -- yesterday the state department began the process. they issued a broad and definitive statement, headed by ambassador kennedy, and they mad
about the four americans who lost their lives in service to our country. ambassador chris stevens had devoted his life to a career in international relations. before serving as our ambassador to libya ambassador stevens was 52 years old. shaun smith was a ten year veteran of the state department, married, a father of two. glen doughtry was working for a private company when he was killed. he had spent 9 years as a navy seal. 42 years old. tyrone woods spent two decades as a seal and began a career as an independent contractor. he is survived by a wife and three sons. the state department is describing how this attack unfolded. let's list even in for a moment. >> my friends and colleagues, and i trust them with my life. >> thank you. i would direct that that chart be taken down. upon further refle reflection though commercially available in this hearing room we are not going to point out details of what may still be in fact -- >> reporter: laura ingram is a syndicated talk show host and fox news contributor. i want to talk about what darrell issa said which is the headline of all this.
for the death of embassador chris stevens. the house oversight committee launches a new effort to learn more about the attack on september 11 in libya issuing a peen subpoena for the man to led the security team at the consulate. good morning, it's great to have you here. a busy news day. welcome to america's election headquarters. >> i'm eric shawn, good morning on this sunday morning. the white house admitted the killing of chris stevens and three others was as a result of a preplanned terrorist he attack. as the investigation continues, few details have emerged about the intelligence we had before the tragic events and about the exact security details. for more on this, u.s. embassador john bolton, former embassador to the united nations and fox news contributor. >> good morning, eric. >> what did you expect the house subcommittee could learn? >> it's important to get the background to what was going on before the september 11 attack and to ask some pretty basic questions, like what intelligence about security in benghazi and tripoli for that matter was the state department seeking? what
stevens, a month before the attacks, he warned, what we have seen are not random crimes of opportunity, but rather targeted attacks, they wrote answers about security failures. and while the president vows to hunt down the killers, libyan authorities are permitting one suspected terrorist to walk free, bragging. how will mitt romney challenge the president at the debate? a preview from paul ryan today >> the problem is the story continues to shift. they refuse to answer the basic questions about what happened. >> reporter: intelligence officials do have an explanation, saying they were working with multiple reports. riots in cairo, tunisia and elsewhere over the anti-muslim video. reports in the consulate about contradictions outside the consulate saying there was a protest. intercepted information, planned attacks, linked to the al-qaeda off-shoot. >> this rush to judgment during a presidential campaign i find it to be troubling and i find it to be very distasteful. >> reporter: ambassador stevens wrote this cable on september 11th, the day he was killed, warning that libyan security
from the attack that killed the libyan ambassador chris stevens. details on these stories and more in just a moment. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton is speaking out about the deadly terror attack in libya that killed ambassador chris stevens. she says ultimately she is responsible for embassy and consulate security and not the white house. secretary clinton is addressing the controversy after republicans criticized the obama administration for a lack of security at the consulate. danielle nottingham has more. there's still little information about who i tacked the u.s. -- who attacked the u.s. consulate in benghazi. just weeks before the presidential election, secretary of state hillary clinton says she alone is responsible for keeping u.s. diplomats safe. >> i want everybody to know we're going to get to the bottom of this and when we do, that information will all be public and people will be able to draw their own conclusions. >> reporter: three separate investigations are under way to find out what happened. republicans are accusing the obama administration of a political
. ambassador christopher stevens and three other americans were killed by terrorists on the anniversary of september 11. sharyl attkisson reports a house committee opened a hearing on the attack today. >> reporter: the state department's eric nordstrom was the lead security official in libya and says he told his headquarters that getting adequate security was the hardest part of his dangerous job. >> it's not the hardships, not the gunfire, not the threats; it's dealing and fighting against the people, programs and personnel who are supposed to be supporting me. and i added it by saying, "for me, the taliban is on the inside of the building." >> reporter: lieutenant colonel andrew wood headed a special military team whose mission ended and was not extended a month before the september 11 attack. he told us he felt the same frustration. so all the experts on the ground are telling headquarters at the state department "we need this," and the answer kept coming back as? >> "you've got to do with less." for what reasons, i don't know. >> reporter: charlene lamb is the state department offic
-ahead to go back over to the embassy that perhaps they could have gotten ambassador stevens out alive. i'm not happy to say that, but i'm very dissatisfied with what happened in washington, the top leadership of this country. our military and our agents and our people out there deserve better. megyn: captain nash, you have to look at this in the greater context. these guys in libya, they knew they didn't have adequate security and they were requesting more from washington. they were requesting just to keep what they had and they were told no. the security was being reduced steadily. the british ambassador had an attempt made on his life. the brits shut down that their consulate. the red cross pulled out of libya. our ambassador in his diary was documenting his fears, he believed he was upon an al qaeda hit list. while the navy seals are begging for permission to save him, the permission was denied. how does that happen? >> that scenario i just laid out, megyn, just screams malfeasance. we spend a tremendous amount of money on our intelligence community and military. we have all the tools
in benghazi that killed ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. congress are investigating whether intelligence or security lapses contributed to the terrible toll in that dpedly attack. steve handelsman joins us with more on that tragedy. >> reporter: good evening. up here on the hill, the upcoming elections still colors this investigation. republicans believe the white house tried to engineer a cover-up. but today the main question was way simpler. where were so few american forces on guard in such a dangerous place. to highlight his concern, president obama had his terrorism adviser john brennan in libya today, to push the investigation of the 9/11, 2012, attack that killed chris stevens and three others. but republicans at the house hearing charged the obama state department showed a lack of concern last summer, after u.s. facilities in benghazi were attacked twice. >> i believe personally with more assets, more resources, just meeting the minimum standards, we could have and should have saved the life of ambassador stevens and the other people that were there. >> reporter: one
get through. moving along, steven, you bring together politics and policy, you are good at it today, market sellff, almost 2% on the dow, dupdupont cuts jobs worldwide is this economy shrinking again. >> every time it looks like this economy, the slumbering giant will pick itself up, we see another falter this is troubling, their earngs had been picking up. now with a sers of really lousy enings reports am the reasons that the repoots are so bad is because people are not buying these company's products, consumers are n spend will that is a problem. circle this back to politics that is a problem for barack obama two weeks over the election. gerri: and kirs tin middle american having trouble as well, with incomes, falling dramatically. at the end of the day whe people go to polls do you think they are voting -- last night we talked about foreign policy, is it going to be about the economy? >> almt entirely about the economy, about what people feel, and what they think that obama -- do they feel it has improved at all? we're on the right trajectory, and obama has a handle on this? we k
by additional security? we're hearing there were concerns by some of those who were a part of ambassador stevens' immediate group talking about issues that they had. there's also been just moments ago, some discussion about whether some of the information being presented is classified or not. so there are lots of political overtones to this. very complicated because there are lives that were lost here. there was service to the country from these fine americans who were there and who were killed and so everyone is trying to trade a bit lightly on that. but there is a lot of politics mixed into this along with the committee's responsibility in oversight to look for answers. there was frustration among some republicans that the state department put out a detailed timeline but not included members of the committee. frustration among democrats who say that one of the members jason chav fitz went to libya but no democrats involved on that trip. there are complex ish shis and don't expect to have all of the issues. they want to shine a light on things, worries among those closest to ambassador stevens
of this because he knew and respected chris stevens and is really focused on protecting all of our diplomats who are serving abroad. >> mitt romney has had twice as many town hall meetings -- at least twice as many -- in recent months as the president has. the president hasn't had many news conferences at all. do you think that you let him get a little rusty? >> the president's pretty good on his feet. i've been working for him for a long time, and i can tell you that much. we feel better about how his policies will help the american people, so that's an advantage. but you're right, mitt romney's a good salesman. he knows what to say that people want to hear. he did that during his time at bain, he did that during the 100 town halls i believe he's done over the past year or so. you know, we expect that he's going to try to hide from his record, and we're ready to combat that. >> jen psaki, the president isn't the only one who's a good salesman or saleswoman. thank you very much. traveling press secretary. >> thank you, andrea. have a good day. >> see you in hofstra. >>> we'll hear from bob mcdon
by steven dennis, who covers the white house for roll call newspaper and josh rogin, a staff writer with foreign policy magazine and the author of the cable blog. how did we get to this path? the president said it was really congress that did this and some people said no the white house had a role. how did we get to this. >> a lot of folks were shaking their heads wondering what he was saying because the reality is the president was involved. he helped craft this deal. this sequestration is really a symptom of washington's failure to get a budget deal. for 18 months the two sides have been squaring off and the the democrats are off in their corner saying we need to raise taxes on the wealthy. the republicans are saying we have to have a cuts-only plan. when they cut this deal a year-and-a-half ago, it was designed to bring the two parties together, to make it so onerous that both sides had to come... >> ifill: nobody thought it would ever be real. >> yeah. i think that basically the idea was the super committee was going to take a crack at coming up with an alternative. they failed.
acknowledging they turned down requests for security ahead of at take in libya that killed ambassador stevens and three americans. in a politically charged hearing they told a house committee based on what they knew at the time security was appropriate. a former security officer testified his concerns were ignored. >> it is dealing and fighting against the people, programs, and person them who are supposed to be supporting me. for me, the taliban is on the inside of the building. >> that official acknowledged a few more armed americans might not have fended off the attack. republican lawmakers kret size the obama add strags for not doing enough to protect the benghazi compound. >>> new details about the man arrested at lax wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying weapons. abc news learned that he told detectives and the fbi, hey this is a game. however, the officials are puzzled whether he meant the questioning or the stuff in his checked baggage. and officials are still trying to figure out how he managed to fly from china to korea to japan and on to los angeles without being stopped by secur
details what happened that night. at 8:30, ambassador chris stevens went outside the compound to say good night to a visiting turkish diplomat. the streets were empty. but at 9:40 p.m., security agents in the operations center of the compound heard explosions and saw a large group of armed men entering the compound. stevens, sean smith and one security agent locked themselves in the safe area. they saw attackers hunting for them. pouring diesel and, setting the house on fire. the three americans went to a bathroom area where they tried to open a small window for air. but it was not enough. on the ground suffering from severe smoke inhalation they decided to flee. stevens and smith never made it out alive. diane sawyer asked the president about the white house's initial claims that the incident began with a protest against that anti-muslim video. >> as information came in, information was put out. the information may not have always been right the first time. look, look, diane, these are people i know. and if there is something to be fixed, it will get fixed. >> reporter: the commander of
that cost four americans their lives, including u.s. ambassador chris stevens. and what we heard last night reverberating throughout washington today, in a series of questions and challenges. what did the white house know about the danger? and the need for protection? even secretary of state hillary clinton weighed in. here's abc's jake tapper. >> reporter: the vice president raised eyebrows and some outrage. when asked about the diplomats in libya whose requests for additional security forces fell on deaf ears. >> they wanted more security there. >> well, we weren't told they wanted more security there. we did not know they wanted more security again. >> reporter: "we" seemed an interesting pronoun for the vice president to use, given that the very day before the debate, two of those security officers testified before congress about their frustrations with the state department. >> i asked for 12 agents. his response to that was, "you are asking for the sun, moon and the stars." >> reporter: today, mitt romney seized on biden's comments. >> when the vice president of the united states direc
, my gosh. steven colbert yesterday on "meet the press" briefly stepping out of character with david gregory. >> does the outcome of this presidential election change anything significantly? >> sure. sure. i'm not ralph nader. you know what i mean? i don't think there's no difference. there is a difference. i don't know what the difference is, though. because i think -- i think there is a possibility that obama would be, say, more aggressive -- a more aggressive or reformer in the second act of his presidency. and i don't really know how -- i also don't know how mitt romney would govern. he might govern as a technocrat. like the guy from pepsi who comes in to run gm. he can't tell us what he'll do because he hasn't seen the books yet. we don't know, because he seems absolutely sincere as a moderate and pretty sincere as a severe conservative. so that's not a dig. it's honest confusion. he's got a good shot of winning. if he does, i hope he's a good president. if obama wins, i hope he keeps some of the promises he didn't keep the first time. but i have no idea how it changes for us. b
the september 11th assault that took the lives of ambassador chris stevens and the others. >> officials say there was no unrest outside of the compound prior to the attack. >> a state department official is expected to testify that his request for more troops and officers was turned down. >> governor romney wants to let wall street run wild but he wants to bring the hammer down on "sesame street." >> the producers of "sesame street" wants the obama campaign to stop using big bird in his campaigns. >> and a test in front of the supreme court, whether race should be considered in college admissions. >> investigators want to find out how a passenger got from china to the u.s. with checked weapons. >> incredibly scary attack in a pittsburgh alley. right there a popular teacher was punched in the face. >> extreme mountain biker tries to jump a 68-foot canyon. wipe out. >>> back on to the track. he leaps. he got it! oakland a's beat the tigers in game three. >> the giants live to see another day. >> all that. >> the more times you've gone to rehab the better you are at ping pong. so i'm really go
about who knew what and when. the attack on 9/11 killed chris stevens and three other americans. the emails were sent to the fbi, the white house, other government agencies. one of them was sent while this attack was still underway. our reporter ellise is joining us live. talk a little about these emails, what they reveal. one of them including the claim of responsibility of the attack by an islamist group. >> that's right, suzanne. these are really the first communication we've seen from the u.s. embassy in tripoli. as they were reporting it real-time. now, the first e-mail was from about 4:00 p.m. eastern time which would be 10:00 p.m. in libya, and the subject is u.s. mission in benghazi under attack. the embassy in tripoli reports approximately 20 armed people fired shots, explosions have been heard as well. ambassador stevens, who was currently in benghazi and four other mission personnel are in the compound safe haven. now, a half hour later the embassy updates and says that the firing has stopped and the compound has been cleared and that a response team is on site of try
investigation in to that attack in libya and ambassador stevens killed and three other americans and someone that worked in the state department and knew the ambassador, do you think that the administration dropped the ball? >> the speech today is certainly going to highlight this but the administration is not dropping the ball. they have been coming out with information as they have learned it about the libya attacks and the danger today is con inflation of rhetoric and attacks could paint governor romney in to a position of scare mong mongering. this is a person in 2007 saying he would not go after bin laden if he had actionable intelligence and president obama got bin laden. the lynn yann incident is dangerous and the state department has to take care of the future in terms of its ambassador's safety and security and looking in to it. but to politicize it in such a way and platform could be undermining to that process. >> one area of concern is syria. ambassador ginsburg, i want your take on what governor romney is expected to say, specifically saying in syria, i'll work with the partners
for the assault that killed u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. elise, you just interviewed secretary clinton. what exactly did she tell you? >> reporter: well, isha, you know there's been so much political back and forth in washington over who was responsible for the attack that killed ambassador chris stevens and three other americans and even last week in the vice presidential debate, when asked about those additional requests for security that were denied, the vice president said we didn't know anything about that, and secretary clinton when i asked her about that, she said listen, this is a state department functn. the state department finds the embassy security for embassies and consulates around the world and that's my state department. i have 60,000 employees and i take responsibility, isha. i think she was trying to take a little bit of the heat off the white house at this time when an election is coming up and also trying to remind people that hey, four americans died, including an ambassador, and we need to stop this blame game. she said she doesn't want any more
. it was a terrorist attack. u.s. ambassador chris stevens, three other americans were killed. security at the time of the attack was modest at best. the white house has come under attack for not providing better protection. just a short time ago this evening, secretary of state clinton traveling in peru, said the buck stops with her and she takes the blame for the assault. >> i take responsibility. i'm in charge of the state department. 60,000 plus people all over the world, 275 posts. the president and the vice president certainly wouldn't be knowledgeable about specific decision that are made by security professionals. they're the ones who weigh all of the threats and the risks and the needs and make a considered decision. >> her statement, of course comes just hours before the second presidential debate. first i want to bring in cnn's foreign affairs reporter elise lav it who had the interview. this is the first time that secretary clinton talked about that night in depth, what else did she tell you? >> you're right. the first time she talked about the attack, and she talked about the harrowing
, last month. as you know, heavily armed militants stormed the compound on september 11th. chris stevens and three other americans were killed. security at the embassy was modest at best. just a short time ago, this evening, secretary of state hillary clinton traveling in peru said the buck stops with her and she takes the blame for the assault. >> i take responsibility. i'm in charge of the state department, 60,000 plus people all over the world, 275 posts. the president and the vice president certainly wouldn't be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by security professionals. they're the ones who weigh all of the threats and the risks and the needs and make a considered decision. >> her statement comes hours before the second presidential debate. i want to bring in elise who had that interview. this is the first time secretary clinton talked about that night in depth. what else did she tell you? >> anderson, you're right. it's the first time she talked about the attack and she talked about the harrowing night she and owe state department officials, the long many hour o
to libya, christopher stevens. we know who he is. we know where he is, who's got him and whether american interrogators will be able to get at him. in addition tonight, we've got new insight into just how quickly the state department knew about the military sophistication of the actual assault. frank townsend will join us shortly. along with former cia officer bob baer. and you'll hear as well from senator john mccain. i want to start with the suspect and a "360" exclusive. earlier reporting said access to the suspect was being blocked. intelligence correspondent suzanne kelly has learned otherwise. she joins us now. what have you heard? >> right, anderson. what we're hearing from a u.s. government official that the u.s. does fully intend and expect to get access to this individual. there's a little bit of negotiating going on. there's a process in place. the fbi is expected to take the lead on this negotiation, though intelligence officials are also expected to be in the room when he's questioned. >> so it's not clear -- so fbi will take the lead on interrogation or interviews, and cia,
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